Whistler's in-bounds is outta control. Brian McClatchy, lapping lifts. PHOTO: Jarrod Au

Whistler's in-bounds is outta control. Brian McClatchy, lapping lifts. PHOTO: Jarrod Au

3. Whistler-Blackcomb, British Columbia

Record snowfall, raucous nightlife, the largest snowboard competition on the planet, and yet another season of arguably the best lift-accessed backcountry in the game all amounted to a truly memorable winter up in British Columbia. Whistler-Blackcomb saw almost 50 feet (yes, feet) of fresh fall upon its slopes this past season, including a record-breaking 220 inches in November alone (!).

Hosting the 2010 Winter Olympic Games brought massive international attention to the resort. Vancouver and downtown Whistler were set ablaze during February, the official site of the wildest multi-cultural rager on the planet. The best part, though? While the media and sport circus was rolling through the streets, locals and tourists alike were enjoying quiet lifts and untouched powder all over the mountain, spanning from Peak2Peak.

The parks are vast, the pipes are prime, the freeride terrain is second-to-none, and oh, those Whistler nights … Let’s just say that Whistler-Blackcomb lift tickets should probably come with bail money. If you’ve spent a day/winter/lifetime in B.C., you’ll probably stay. If you haven’t been, it’s about damned time—you’re just missing out, hombre.

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